District of Columbia, Jan 11: President Donald Trump said that the United States could “conceivably” return to the Paris climate accord, although he stopped short of signaling any move in that direction.
“Frankly, it`s an agreement that I have no problem with, but I had a problem with the agreement that they signed, because, as usual, they made a bad deal,” Trump told a news conference.
“So we can conceivably go back in,” added the president, who announced his intention to pull out of the 2015 accord on curbing global warming emissions last June.
The process of leaving is long and complex, and Trump`s comments will renew questions about whether he actually intends to withdraw or simply wants easier US emissions targets.
A full US pullout could jeopardize global efforts to limit average warming to under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-Industrial Revolution levels.
Standing alongside Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Trump presented himself as a champion of environmentalism.
“I feel very strongly about the environment,” he said. We “want to have clean water, clean air, but we also want businesses that can compete.”